Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Friday 13 February - Cycle To Town Hall Square

On Friday 13th February there will be a memorial bike ride, starting from the site where Kris and John were killed at Westbury Lane in Purley Rise, to mark the first anniversary of their deaths.

Starting at 4pm, the ride will travel down the Oxford Road, into Reading, finishing at the Town Hall Square, where there will also be a candle service held, (details of which to be confirmed) everyone who knew Kris and John welcome!

There will be someone up front and someone at the back of the group of riders wearing Hi-vis jackets so everyone can ride safely. Please let us know if you will be attending so we have an idea of numbers.

Of course, you may prefer just to join the riders at the Town Hall at about 4.30pm.

For more background information please see the link to the petition.

But, of course, if you only do one thing, please sign the on-line petition.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Green Party: No Living Wage And Citizen's Income U-Turn

Green Party advertise for policy assistant position at less than living wage

FEBRUARY 2, 2015 2:18 PM
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Red faces for the Greens today, as it has emerged they have been advertising for a “policy assistant” position in their London headquarters – for less than the London living wage. 
Despite the party supporting an immediate raise of the minimum wage to living wage standards, and a further rise to £10 an hour by 2020, the full time job was advertised at a minimum £17,000 salary: around £1,000 under the London living wage.
A Green Party spokesperson underwhelmingly told The Times (£) that the move was “probably an oversight” – and now they have been called out the advert no longer appears to be on their website.
Labour MP John Spellar reacted to the news, saying: “No one will be surprised that yet again the Green party are caught out in hypocrisy.”
It’s not the only “oversight” with sums the Green Party have had. 
This emerges on the same day that the Greens announce that they have dropped plans for a “citizen’s income”, and the policy will not appear in their manifesto – a remarkable u-turn given their leader Natalie Bennett has twice appeared on television in recent weeks to defend the proposal. Grilled by Andrew Neil, Bennett claimed that the policy would be paid for by reductions in welfare administration.
However, on Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, the Greens’ sole MP Caroline Lucas confirmed: “The citizens’ income is not going to be in the 2015 general election manifesto”.
Last week the Citizen’s Income Trust (CIT), who have advised the Green Party on policy, claimed that a citizen’s income would hit those on low incomes hardest. Their director Malcolm Torry said “I am not sure the Green Party has yet taken on our new research or the need to retain a means-tested element.”
They support a citizen’s income, but won’t offer one in their manifesto. They support a living wage, but don’t offer one in their office.
( Article reproduced from LabourList ) 
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Sunday, 1 February 2015

Tories: No Job Means No Vote

It's not often you get taken aback by comments made by councillors at meetings of Reading council, but this week was a real "did he really say that" moment, when a Conservative councillor outlined the reasons why his group would not support the call for promoting votes for 16 and 17 year olds.
Tory councillor Simon Robinson said that "the right to vote is more a privilege" and should be given to people in employment who have made a contribution to society.
So, if you haven't got a job, you don't get a vote.
This is a dangerous path which ends where? 
People have fought and died for the right to vote, yet in the 21st century Tory party, this is still seen as merely a discretionary "privilege".
Cllr Robinson appeared to be acting as the Reading Tory spokesperson on this matter - and neither did their leader or any other Tory councillor speak against this position. 
What next? If you are in a job but not deemed to be making a contribution to society? If you are a woman? If you are not a land-owner?
Essentially we were told if you have no job, your views do not count.
That such ideas still hold a place in any modern political party is quite disturbing.